Get involved: Community Kitchen

We‘re looking for Darreners who‘d like to be involved in helping to set up a community kitchen for our town. You don’t have to be a master in the kitchen, just keen to make a positive impact in our town.

Our town has a fantastic range of restaurants, there certainly is a passion for food. It's been brilliant to see Darwen's evening economy grow over the past few years.

However, since 2014, the number of takeaway shops in our borough has gone up by 24%, according to Feat. 38% of all food outlets are given over to fast food — the highest proportion in England, 12% above the national average. There's more. For example, almost a quarter of children in reception classes in BWD were overweight or obese in 2013-14.

Having conducted early stages of research, we propose a double sided business plan. A community kitchen that everyone in our town can benefit from. Where profits go towards helping those in need. We’ve put together four initial areas that we think the community kitchen needs to incorporate:

  • Education – A place for people to learn the basics of cooking, or perhaps something a little more advanced?
  • Entertainment – A space for pop-up restaurants and events
  • Health – An opportunity to sell and teach healthy alternatives to takeaway food
  • Poverty – A form of food-bank or space for those who need a helping hand

We need your help in refining and developing our points above, adding more ideas, and also helping to make it become a reality.

How you can get involved:

First of all, we’re hosting a workshop on Thursday 11th October from 6pm–8pm at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. The aim of the workshop is to workout what Darwen needs from a community kitchen, so it's really important we get the opinions and ideas from people like you.

You don't need to be a master chef, just keen to make a positive impact in our town.

If you're able to make it to the workshop, please let us know some details below, and we'll see you on the 11th.

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